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Let’s Talk About Names: R. Leon

I kept my name when I got married. I refuse to call it my maiden name. It is my name.

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FYI: “Black” isn’t synonymous with “African American”

A conversation about blackness, ethnicity, nationality, and identity.

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When dudebros protest too much

If you think being perceived as racist or sexist is worse than actually engaging in racism or sexism, you might be a dudebro.

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The perils of funny feminism

Are feminists losing sight of how humor can oppress in a rush to be seen as funny?

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Let’s Talk About Names: Nia

Having people see you the way you want to be seen – the way you see yourself – is a privilege. Without it, every day is a battle to have your identity validated, a battle against erasure and for self-determination.

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Let’s Talk About Names: Minna

I had grown into my name, and it suited me. Trust, however, that had I found a better name along the way, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat, and to hell with anyone who judged me for doing so.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Let’s Talk About Names: Rawls

I’m attached to my name because of the stories that come with it and because of the perspective they’ve given me on the world.

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Let’s Talk About Names: Flavia

I became comfortable with my name, because I realized I could have easily been deprived of it.

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Bruno Mars Talks Names

Bruno Mars on why he stopped using his Puerto Rican father’s last name and took a stage name instead.

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